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Top 10 Mild Cigars

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Shane K.

You don’t have to be a beginner to appreciate a good mild cigar. Because so many beefy, full-bodied brands get a ton of attention from critics and consumers these days, the best mild cigars can get lost in the shuffle. Keep in mind, a mild cigar can display just as much complexity and richness as a strong cigar. “Mild” does not mean “bland.” Mild cigars simply are less likely to overwhelm your palate with a rush of spices and nicotine – an effect many anticipate who’ve grown a tolerance for fuller-bodied smokes.

Also, most connoisseurs know certain occasions call for a milder cigar, like when you’re on the golf course with the sun beating down on your face all afternoon. A strong cigar can make you awfully woozy if it’s too early in the day. Plus, the best cigar-makers excel at producing a range of both mild and strong blends. Never overlook the best mild cigars if you’re a seasoned cigar lover. And if you’re just getting into premium tobaccos, a great place to start is with our top 10 recommendations for the best mild smokes.

#1 - Ashton

Ashton enjoys a premium pedigree that dates back to its debut over 35 years ago as a premier Dominican cigar. Carlito Fuente blends the entire portfolio to a superlative standard. Few brands stack up against the vast reputation of Ashton’s original, mild and creamy profile. A silky, golden-blond Connecticut Shade wrapper leaf embraces an ultra-refined combination of well-aged Dominican binder and filler tobaccos in several classic shapes. Notes of almonds, cashews, and coffee with cream mingle with approachable spices and a touch of sweetness around the edges.

#2 - Arturo Fuente Chateau

Legendary cigar-maker Carlito Fuente counts Arturo Fuente Chateau as a major cornerstone in his brand’s world-renowned portfolio. Price, approachability, and magnificent flavor converge in a creamy and easygoing profile of nuts, cedar, and white pepper. Although the Chateau series is available in three wrapper varietals (Natural, Maduro, and Sun Grown), we recommend the Natural for the mildest taste. A glistening Connecticut Shade wrapper conceals a rich and mellow core of Dominican binder and filler tobaccos. The shorter Chateau Fuente (4.5 x 50) and the Toro-sized Double Chateau (6.75 x 50) have been incredibly popular for decades.

#3 - San Cristobal Elegancia

Known for blending host of award-winning, full-bodied smokes, celebrated cigar-maker Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia proves he’s equally capable of creating an impressive milder cigar with San Cristobal Elegancia. A well-aged recipe of select Nicaraguan long-fillers is grown on prized Garcia family estates and rolled beneath a light and silky Ecuador Connecticut wrapper. Creamy notes of nuts, white pepper, leather, and wood provide ample flavor without overpowering your taste buds. San Cristobal Elegancia is a versatile and rich cigar that’s easily appreciated by newer cigar connoisseurs as well as those with sophisticated tastes.

#4 - Montecristo

The famous Cuban-legacy brand, Montecristo, owes its far-reaching popularity to the Dominican Republic as much as it does Cuba. The mellow, laid-back taste of Dominican Montecristos has made the brand accessible to a wide variety of new and seasoned cigar lovers. Everyone loves the brand’s Cuban backstory, but its taste is universal thanks to a light-brown Connecticut Shade wrapper and an all-Dominican core of high-quality tobaccos. Grassy, sweet, and creamy notes of cedar and coffee beans continue to make Montecristo a sought-after blend.

#5 - Macanudo Cafe

Macanudo can be found almost everywhere cigars are sold, including convenience stores and gas stations, as well as premium smokeshops. The brand’s sheer availability makes it tough to ignore, and why would you? Macanudo Cafe serves as a solid introduction to handmade cigars for a huge number of guys who are just getting into premium cigars. Its relaxed profile of nuts, brown sugar, and herbs hints at a tangy finish in a number of well-constructed formats. A tan Connecticut Shade wrapper leaf holds a consistent blend of long-fillers from the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

#6 - Romeo y Julieta 1875

A gentle but complex profile of leather, nougat, and pistachio blends in perfectly with cold beer, cocktails, or coffee in a well-known, 92-rated Cuban-heritage brand. Romeo y Julieta 1875 is drafted from a gingerbread-hued Indonesian wrapper leaf and an all-Dominican interior of long-filler tobaccos. The brand’s extensive menu of classic shapes is easy on the pocketbook, too. Romeo is a solid option when you need a box of cigars for a bachelor party or a casual golf outing.

#7 - Oliva Connecticut Reserve

Although the award-winning Oliva brand is best known for its medium to full-bodied releases like Oliva Serie V and Oliva Serie V Melanio, the marvelously approachable Oliva Connecticut Reserve is ideal for an early-in-the-day cigar. A gleaming Ecuador Connecticut wrapper marries a cool-burning recipe of Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. Notes of wood, hazelnut, and grass combine in a toasty conclusion in several popular shapes.

#8 - Davidoff Aniversario

The top-shelf, spendy intrigue behind Davidoff’s exclusive white label reputation is exemplified in Davidoff Aniversario. Musty notes of mushrooms, earth, and dried fruit accompany a creamy spice in a wide array of traditional shapes. A golden Ecuador Connecticut wrapper leaf binds a sublime amalgam of Dominican long-fillers. Davidoff cigars are not inexpensive, but many novices try the brand when they’re curious about the price-versus-quality equation.

#9 - Argyle

Considered “The Most Trusted Name in Value Cigars,” Argyle lives up to its reputation without sacrificing a hint of quality or complexity. A beaming profile of nuts, fresh ground coffee, and graham cracker emerges with a creamy texture and a hint of black pepper. Argyle is extremely affordable, as well, making it a perfect find for bargain hunters with a well-developed palate. A Connecticut Shade wrapper embraces a mellow and smooth blend of aged Dominican binder and filler tobaccos.

#10 - Rocky Patel Renaissance Connecticut

Following extensive demand, Rocky Patel expanded his uber-popular, 90-rated Renaissance franchise with a milder blend, Rocky Patel Renaissance Connecticut. A creamy and glistening Ecuador Connecticut wrapper leaf harbors a complex combination of Nicaraguan and Honduran long-fillers in a menu of classic formats. Because ‘RP’ Renaissance is packaged in bundles as opposed to boxes, cigar lovers save a ton of dough on the price. An exquisite profile of almonds, cinnamon, and notes of blonde roast coffee make this cigar an unbeatable steal for your coolerdor.

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